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Mosaic Project. 5 p.m. April 3, Art Lobby of the Chair Building, 2020 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.
View a collection of over 1,000 glazed ceramic tiles created by local youth, artists and volunteers. Each tile is an original work of art — an individual interpretation of the project’s theme. Tiles are available for purchase, and all proceeds benefit AIDS Walk Kansas City.
20 for 20. 7 p.m. April 4, MINT Ultra Lounge, 334 E. 31st St., Kansas City, Mo.
Join Rocket from Mix 93.3 and your friends from AIDS Walk for this second annual fashion show. Twenty designers each have $20 to create their fashion masterpiece … and the judges will be there to decide who prevails. $10 suggested donation at the door. Live and silent auction.
Union Hill House Parties & Silent Auction. 6 p.m. April 17
This annual event for AIDS Walk is a great party and tour of open houses in Union Hill. Parking is available near the Cadillac Building, 2929 McGee Trafficway, Kansas City, Mo. A minimum donation of $35 is requested at the door.
Red Line Fashion Show. 7 p.m. April 23, Event Space above Nara, 1617 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
This year’s 2nd annual Red Line Fashion Show & Benefit Auction is ready to showcase Kansas City’s hottest designers while raising awareness and funds for AIDS Walk Kansas City. Join a packed house as the designers showcase their Red Line! If you have questions or you’d like to participate, email email@example.com.
AIDS Walk. 8 a.m. April 25, Theis Park, Kansas City, Mo.
Make this 21st year the most successful ever. Find out more at aidswalkkansascity.org. Register to walk at firstgiving.com/aidswalkkc.
Good Samaritan Project
Corks and Canvas. May 15. Hobbs Building, 1427 W. Ninth St., Kansas City, Mo.
This great art, food and wine silent and live auction for Good Samaritan Project features well-known artists, entertainment, wine and tasty hors d’oeuvres. Auction items include art, fine wines and accessories, jewelry, creatively themed gift packages, vacation getaways and much more. For more information, visit gsp-kc.org.
Camp is pleased to announce, after meeting with Kansas City Gay Pride and Pride St. Louis, that we will be doing a combined Pride Across Missouri PrideGuide in May. We were approached by the Pride St. Louis officers about this opportunity. We’ve enjoyed working with Kansas City Gay Pride since our launch in June 2004, and it will be a pleasure to also work with Pride St. Louis this year.
Kansas City Gay Pride wants you to know that they have a new website. Please bookmark the new site: gaypridekansascity.com. By the way, it’s a great new redesign as well.
Rick Bumgardner has taken over the helm as president of Gay Pride since John Koop has taken on the new role at Flo’s Cabaret. Rick and his officers (Josh Krueger, vice president; Matt Snyder, treasurer; and Kim Vernon, secretary) have made it a smooth transition.
Their Skate Party with special guests L’Oreal and Melinda Ryder will be at 6 p.m. April 5 at the Winwood Skate Center, 4426 NE Winn Rd., Kansas City, Mo. The Royalty Court Youth Pageant will be April 16 at Spirit of Hope MCC, 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo.
Also on April 16, Rick Bumgardner will be directing a new stage version of Steel Magnolias with Flo playing Ouiser, a role made famous by Shirley MacClaine in the movie. The play runs April 16-May 3 at the Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. Shows are at 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and at 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The April 26 matinee is already sold out.
Gay Pride has many more activities planned, including scholarships, and, of course, the upcoming lineup of national entertainment acts. Look for more information in the May issue and the May 22 Gay PrideGuide.
The space formerly known as bar Natasha, 1911 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., will spring to life again on April 10 for the opening of the new Flo’s Cabaret nightclub. For the grand opening which begins at 8 p.m., they will feature a fashion show by Andrew Christian, whom Camp featured in a cover story in the Aug. 29, 2008, issue. There will be food samples, runway show, live entertainment and giveaways! Cost: $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Zinfandel by Milo, 1717 Westport Rd., Kansas City, Mo., or $15 at the door the night of the show. A portion of the proceeds will go to Gay Pride 2009.
Lesbian and Gay Community Center (LGCC)
More than 70 people attended a great meeting about city-wide LGBT organizations on March 25 at Spirit of Hope MCC. Representatives of many groups spoke and introduced their organizations. The community center’s next events will be a seminar on Garden Art on April 11, Picnic Cooking lessons on May 9 and the annual spring picnic on May 17. Locations and other information can be found at lgcc-kc.org.
This great cards and gifts store at 205 Westport Rd. is celebrating the opening of a new coffeehouse and frozen yogurt café in the store. April 1 marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of Larry’s Gifts and Cards, which later was renamed OutThere. The celebration begins on April 11 with Eat Their Words: Local Sub-lebrities Mouthing Celebrity Bios from 4 to 5:30 p.m. New OutThere barista, local actor and playwright Phil blue owl Hooser has created the theatrical event.
“It’s a performance art piece called ‘Eat Their Words’ and will feature a group of Kansas City sub-lebrities reading choice, tasty bits from celebrity autobiographies,” Hooser said. The infamous autobiographies and memoirs will include works by Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Greg Louganis, Joan Crawford, Christina Crawford, Bette Davis, Tab Hunter, Moss Hart, Truman Capote and David Kopay.
Donations raised during the performance will be given to KKFI (90.1 FM), Kansas City’s Community Radio Station. Future entertainment plans for the coffeehouse will include the local theater community, spoken word nights, workshop pieces by local writers and more.
Spirit of Hope MCC
Congratulations to the Rev. Kurt Krieger, who tells me, “The congregational vote was affirmative and I will become the Senior Pastor this fall when Pastor John officially retires.” I know I can speak for many in the community who will miss the Rev. John Barbone in this role, but welcome the Rev. Kurt.
He reports “our bi-annual fundraiser Bingo/Auction/Dinner will be on May 9th at 6 p.m. The evening begins with a meal (usually something like spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread.) Our Lay Pastors will be selling dessert pieces for about $2 each with proceeds going to the Benevolence Fund. Then we stagger auction and bingo with cash prizes. It’s a lot of fun and we usually raise $2500 for our ministry.” Spirit of Hope MCC is at 3801 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, Mo. (spiritofhopemcckc.org).
Abiding Peace Lutheran Church
The Rev. Donna Simon, pastor at Abiding Peace Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Mo., will present the 2009 Luther College Sihler Lecture at 8 p.m. April 15 in the F.W. Olin Building, Room 102, on the Luther campus.
Simon’s lecture, “Sharing the Children’s Bread: The Church as a Table of Plenty,” is free and open to the public. She will discuss issues surrounding women and LGBT people in the Lutheran Church and will pose the question: What does it mean to throw open the doors and make both sides of the table accessible to all?
Simon co-chairs the Kansas City Coalition for Welcoming Ministries, an interfaith organization working to help communities of faith become more welcoming of LGBT people. She served as co-chair of the Kansas City/Lawrence chapter of Lutherans Concerned for seven years and was a chaplain at the 2004 Lutherans Concerned Assembly.
Kansas City Women’s Chorus (KCWC)
Join the Kansas City Women’s Chorus and its new artistic director, Dr. Joseph P. Nadeau, as they recognize the need and celebrate the responsibility we share to sustain our Earth through song. Sustain: A Green Concert will be performed April 18-19 at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, Mo. For more information: kcwomenschorus.org or call 816-822-2344.
Lavender Graduation Awards
The Lavender Graduation was designed four years ago to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of LGBT and Allied students. If you are an LGBT or Allied student at UMKC graduating in May and would like to be corded during this year’s ceremony, please call the Student Life Office and have your name added to the Lavender Graduate List. Nominations for the awards are being accepted through April 6. The nomination form is available at umkc.edu/lgbt. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. April 29 at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat by calling the UMKC Student Life Office at 816-235-1407.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
A free panel discussion called Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Natural Ways to Heal Depression will be from 7 to 9 p.m. May 6 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital auditorium in Lawrence, Kan, Speakers include Stephen Ilardi, associate professor of psychology at the University of Kansas and author of The Depression Cure, and Amber Belt, naturopathic physician. Free food from Local Burger, plus a showing of the DVD Localize Me. For more information: Sue Westwind, Safe Harbor Heartland, 785-331-9630 or 785-863-3446 or firstname.lastname@example.org (alternativementalhealth.com)